“I have been a fan of Trouble the Dog® since I met Sheila Duncan and the character she created a few years ago at a Speedway Children’s Charities event,” the 19-yr old Driver said. “Our team is excited to spread the word about “Trouble on the Scene” and The Kennek Foundation, and to join in their crusade to provide comfort to children experiencing difficult times. Trouble will look great on the race car. I’m looking forward to having him onboard this season!”
Trouble is an ultra-soft keepsake toy that is 100% made in America. He is a proven source of comfort for children experiencing “trouble” in their lives. The goal of the “Trouble on the Scene” program is to supply Trouble plush dogs for every police cruiser, ambulance, and rescue truck in the community so that police officers, firefighters, and first responders have something comforting readily available in the event of an accident, fire, domestic situation, or other emergency that involves children. This donation of Trouble comfort dogs to ChaD fits right into this mission.
Participation in the program is funded by donations from local businesses and individual citizens.
“We are so appreciative of this outreach and support from Jake Matheson Racing,” notes Sheila Duncan, Founder of The Kennek Foundation. “When I see what is happening in today’s world, especially for children, it makes me more determined than ever to provide Trouble comfort dogs wherever there is a need. First responders have shared their real-life experiences about how they are utilizing Trouble the Dog to comfort children. I am grateful to the corporations, businesses, and individual donors – like Jake Matheson Racing – that have stepped up to help increase awareness about what we are doing, to make a difference and bring comfort and hope to children around the world.”
About Jake Matheson Racing
Jake Matheson is a professional race car driver based in Hillsboro, NH. He is currently competing in his Super Late Model in the Pro All Stars Series, where he was 3rd in National Points for the 2021 season. The Pro All Stars Series (PASS) is a professional pavement stock car sanctioning body based in Naples, Maine. For more information about JMR, you can follow the team at jakemathesonracing.com, on Facebook at JakeMathesonRacing or on Instagram @jake_matheson_racing.
About The Kennek Foundation
The Kennek Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing comfort and hope to those most in need – while leaving the plush toy dogs behind as a coping mechanism for children to keep as they heal. A new ally for the community, Trouble the Dog has been applauded by CNN and MSNBC as a “therapy dog;” a “coping mechanism;” and a “socially conscious comfort toy” for children.
About Dartmouth Health Children’s:
Anchored by New Hampshire’s only children’s hospital – CHaD (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center) – Dartmouth Health Children’s promotes health, advances knowledge, and delivers the best patient and family centered care through discovery, innovation, education, and advocacy. Expert child health professionals provide primary, specialty, and tertiary care to the infants, children, and adolescents of New Hampshire, Vermont, and beyond. Dartmouth Health Children’s offers inpatient (hospital care) and outpatient (same day care) services at CHaD in Lebanon, NH. Outpatient specialty and same day surgery services are available at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic Manchester, NH. Primary care is available at Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics in Bedford, Concord, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and Bennington, VT as well as at Dartmouth Health members Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital (Lebanon, NH), Cheshire Medical Center (Keene, NH), New London (NH) Hospital, and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (Windsor, VT).